Short Story Competition for Rural Women

This year, the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) celebrates its twentieth birthday.  In celebration QRRRWN, together with writers’ web, is launching a short story competition open to all Australian women, 16 years and over, who live in rural, regional and remote areas. The theme for the competition is ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back’, based on the twentieth year of the Network.

Entries are open in either fiction and non-fiction. Judges will select one short story as the ‘Most Inspirational’ which will be published as the lead story in the eBook and possibly in a print version of the collection.

The stories will be judged by a distinguished panel of remarkable Australian women writers: Terry Underwood, Jane Grieve, Alice Greenup and Carmel Rowley.

The long-list – the best 10 entries from each category – will be announced at the QRRRWN conference in Blackall 9-11 September.  The ‘Most Inspirational’ will be announced and the collection launched on World Rural Women’s Day is 15 October 2013.

Submissions are to be no longer than 2,500 words and entry forms are available for download from

The competition  closes at midnight on 30 July 2013.